Polski, Wojcik and Rok defeated their main national rivals in the finals of the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament05 May 2019
The fifteen finals were held in the last sixth competition day at the 36th edition of the traditional Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament in Warsaw, Poland. Poland’s Mateusz Polski and his female teammates as Elzbieta Wojcik and Natalia Rok both defeated their main national rivals in the day of the finals. Russia, Netherlands, Sweden, Brazil, New Zealand and India also had strong victories in the finals of the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament.
The first edition of the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament was held in 1977 and many of Europe’s stars won the titles in the recent decades. Besides to the European nations Australia, New Zealand, Algeria, Morocco, India and Brazil also attended in the 36thFeliks Stamm Memorial Tournament which meant all of the five AIBA Confederations sent boxers to Poland’s capital. The competition was one of the preparation events for the continent’s best boxers before the Minsk 2019 European Games.
Bout of the day
Poland’s woman boxing life is among Europe’s bests but their male boxers also proved developments in the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament. Their light welterweight (64kg) was the strongest one in the event where two Polish boxers advanced to the finals in Warsaw. Mateusz Polski, who achieved bronze medal at the Kharkiv 2017 EUBC European Confederation Boxing Championships, had to meet with his main pretender Damian Durkacz in the final. Polski, who is famous of his energetic style, responded successfully to Durkacz’s tactic and won one of the top bouts of the finals.
Surprise of the day
Poland’s most experienced female boxer Sandra Drabik took silver medal at the Baku 2015 European Games and she is planning to repeat that performance in the upcoming event on June. Drabik had hard road to the final of the women’s flyweight (51kg) and she defeated also Brazil’s top boxer Grazieli Souza as well. Drabik had to meet for the title with her teammate Natalia Rok and surprisingly she claimed only silver in Warsaw. Rok exceeded all of the previous expectations in the final and defeated her more experienced rival causing the top surprise of the sixth competition day.
Netherlands’ Jemyma Betrian, who claimed bronze medal in the New Delhi 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, defeated top rivals during her road to the finals of the featherweight (57kg). The Dutch boxer was still enough fresh to win her next bout and following the Montana Belts Tournament, she won another title within one month. The Dutch boxer was motivated and her stamina decided a remarkable contest which she has done against Poland’s Sandra Kruk.
Netherlands’ second gold medal was achieved by Rio 2016 Olympic Games silver medallist and European Games winner Nouchka Fontijn who won the middleweight (75kg) at the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament. The 32-year-old star knew her final opponent well and followed the strongly built strategy against Australia’s Commonwealth Games runner-up Caitlin Parker which meant Netherlands claimed its second gold medal in Warsaw.
Poland’s Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games winner Elzbieta Wojcik moved back to the welterweight (69kg) as many other top boxers from the middleweight (75kg). Wojcik was slightly better than Australia’s 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships silver medallist Kaye Scott in the semi-finals but she delivered her best performance with perfect timing in the final. Wojcik’s last opponent was her compatriot veteran Karolina Koszewska-Lukasik and the younger hope was able to control their final.
Russia’s first gold medal in the men’s part of the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament was won by Mukhammad Shekhov who eliminated India’s Mohammed Hussamuddin in the final of the bantamweight (56kg). Russian National Champion Sergey Sobylinskiy had a triumph at the welterweight (69kg) against his teammate Vadim Musayev which bout was closer than expected. The third Russian gold medal was delivered by Maksim Babanin at the super heavyweight (+91kg) who defeated England’s Solomon Dacres in the final.
Brazil achieved three titles in the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament but Sweden’s gold medal was a small surprise in the event. Their middleweight (75kg) No.1 Adam Chartoi eliminated England’s 2018 EUBC European Confederation U22 Boxing Championships silver medallist Carl Fail and Poland’s Rafal Perczynski during his road to the finals. Chartoi, who had strong Chechnyan roots, followed his coach’s tactic and defeated New Zealand’s Emile Richardson in the final of the event.